I'm doing it... I'm jumping in. I'm trying to take more risks lately. (Who am I kidding? I've taken MANY risks in my lifetime, most that ended up in some sort of huge apology. I should clarify that I'm trying to take more CALCULATED risks.) I've been watching the House Beautiful and Calling It Home's One Room Challenge for seasons now. I eagerly await the posts each Wednesday and Thursday, and always leave inspired. I'm finally taking that risk and joining in! Join along on my Instagram, too where I will post progress (and setbacks). FOLLOW INSTAGRAM PROGRESS HERE.
The challenge and goal of this project: LIVING ROOM: To create a room that we can all live in, including the dog. Use furnishings and item that are more durable and can withstand (and even hide) dog hair and the like. Add lots of color and give a dark foundation so wear is not as visible. Create this look with spending as little money as possible. I'm all about a bargain.
Current Look: At one point our living room was clean and serine, full of texture and layers and our favorite pieces. Covered in creams, grays, blacks and golds. Then... everything became smeared with dog and became brown and layered in yuck. Layers were stripped away and trashed one at a time. I can still style a shot, but if you look closely... you'll see the ick.
I'm tackling my own living room here. I'm an antique dealer and decorator, so while I'm fairly happy with the way the room looks overall, I'm not satisfied with it's practicality at this juncture. This is a huge part of design... creating a space that is not only beautiful, but functional. This room was functional, until we took another risk and after a impromptu visit to the Humane Society, and walked out with a puppy. (This was NOT a calculated risk, quite the opposite- totally unplanned and motivated by desperately begging kids and irresistible puppy breath.). We love our lab, Cannon, but he has put quite the cramping on our style. He has EATEN the sofa, my draper style chest, the desk, the slipcover on my wing chair slipcover and ultimately the wing chair itself. He ruined the rug to the point of having to put in on the side of the road. I've been through two full sets of pillows and well, have practically stopped living in that room altogether. So... what remains are half chewed remains and a sofa that has a blanket thrown over it, the art is still in tact, but if he could jump and eat at the same time I'm certain he'd snack on it as well. Thankfully, we are finally past the I-eat-everything stage, and we have learned to be better dog parents. We feel we are safe to try again. I liked the room as it was, its light and simple feel was (at one point) calming, but as life evolves, the room's style was simply no longer practical for our new way of life as dog parents.
It's just all a bit bare bones right now, uncomfortable and stripped of it's former glory. I don't have a mood board, paint colors, or a true plan right now, but I'm pulling it all together and will show you the plan next Thursday (deadlines are good).
Excited for you all to join me on this journey each Thursday, and I personally can't wait to have a room we can live in again!